Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade

Read on to find out what position Southern African countries intend to put forward at the upcoming CITES meeting in Johannesburg, which of course is in direct conflict with the position East Africa has taken, a recipe for intense clashes in the conference rooms and corridors no doubt …


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Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade

29 June 2016 | Africa Geographic | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

South Africa, along with Namibia and Zimbabwe, will not be joining 29 other African nations in calling for a total ban on ivory sales – in fact, they are about to do the opposite. In a proposal to be submitted at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in … Full Story ?

Trophy hunting: the scale of the killing

27 June 2016 | News24 | Andreas Wilson-Späth |

I’ve never understood the appeal of trophy hunting. You love wild animals so much that you want to kill them, stuff them, pop glass marbles into their eye sockets and display them above the lounge mantelpiece? You’re trying to impress others with your sharp-shooting prowess by installing a macabre menagerie of the fearsome beasts you’ve … Full Story ?



30 June 2016 | Fondation Franz Weber | Fondation Franz Weber |

Recent surveys in Africa show that elephant populations are falling dramatically across the continent. Data from the CITES-ETIS programme shows that ivory smuggling and seizures increased after the sale of ivory stockpiles from Southern African to China and Japan in 2008 and have been running at high and sustained levels for over five years. From … Full Story ?


Risks and Fallacies Associated with Promoting a Legalised Trade in Ivory

27 June 2016 | Politikon | Ross Harvey |

ABSTRACT African elephants are being poached at a rate that threatens their minimum viable population. Some economists have argued that flooding the market with a legal supply of ivory will drive prices downward, eroding the incentive for poaching. They suggest that the current international ban on trading ivory is to blame for creating an artificially … Full Story ?


African Nations Call On the World to Help Them Save African Elephants

27 June 2016 | African Elephant Coalition | African Elephant Coalition |

The African Elephant Coalition (AEC), comprising 29 African countries, is calling on the world to join them in saving elephants. The Montreux Manifesto, agreed at a meeting of the Coalition in Montreux, Switzerland from 24 to 26 June, launches a social media campaign – #WorthMoreAlive, #EndIvoryTrade, #Vote4Elephants” – to gain support for their five-part package … Full Story ?


CITES Maintenance of the Appendices Decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory


PROPOSAL OF NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND ZIMBABWE This document has been submitted by Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.* Background At its 14th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP14, The Hague, 2007), the Parties adopted Decision 14.77 on a decision-making mechanism for authorizing trade in ivory, as follows:Directed to the Standing CommitteeThe Standing Committee, assisted … Full Story ?


Captive bred lions will forever be victims of the hunting industry

28 June 2016 | Traveller24 | Louzel Lombard |

South African has had over two decades to stem the controversial issue of canned lion hunting but instead the industry has thrived – that is until the controversial documentary Blood Lions put the issue back into the spotlight – setting in motions a few small victories in SA. It’s been almost 20 years since the … Full Story ?


Namibia’s Secret Ivory Business

9 June 2016 | Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism | Shi Yi |

It was a quiet evening in Zambezi, until a herdsman heard a gunshot in the wilderness. By the time the police arrived, they found an elephant carcass – and the tusks had been taken. Many locals and wildlife conservation institutions I talked to didn’t even know about the existence of the ivory black … Full Story ?


Assessing the sustainability of African lion trophy hunting, with recommendations for policy

9 June 2016 | Ecological Society of America | Scott Creel, Jassiel M’soka, Egil Dröge, Eli Rosenblatt, Matt Becker, Wigganson Matandiko, Twakundine Simpamba |

Abstract While trophy hunting provides revenue for conservation, it must be carefully managed to avoid negative population impacts, particularly for long-lived species with low natural mortality rates. Trophy hunting has had negative effects on lion populations throughout Africa, and the species serves as an important case study to consider the balance of costs and benefits, … Full Story ?


Can there be sustainable Lion hunting in Africa?

22 June 2016 | Conservation Magazine | Jason G. Goldman |

By now the arguments for both sides are well known. Trophy hunting provides important revenue for African landowners, and without that income, they might be persuaded to convert land currently managed for wildlife into farms and mines. Sacrificing a few older, non-reproductive lions—it is argued—allows the entire ecosystem to be preserved. On the other hand, … Full Story ?

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